|CINCINNATI ( LATOS )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( SAMARDZIJA )
|953||CINCINNATI||-115||Ov 6.5,-115||-125||Ov 7,+110|
|954||CHICAGO CUBS||+105||Un 6.5,-105||+115||Un 7,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-18||+3.6||28-17||4.9||0.255||0.328||3.8||0.249||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.5||5-2||4.9||0.253||0.300||5.6||0.286||0.331|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-25||-7.7||22-18||4.2||0.247||0.298||4.4||0.237||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.6||4-3||2.7||0.196||0.280||5.0||0.258||0.304|
|5/30/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||1-7||L||-115||9 un||U||8||6||0||11||7||0|
|5/31/2013||CUETO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)||6-0||W||-110||7 ov||U||8||12||0||1||2||0|
|6/1/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||2-0||W||115||7.5 un||U||8||8||0||10||10||0|
|6/2/2013||LATOS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||GOMEZ(R)||4-5||L||-115||7.5 ov||O||9||10||3||6||8||2|
|6/7/2013||LEAKE(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||2-9||L||+115||8 un||O||8||7||0||16||7||1|
|6/8/2013||LATOS(R)||ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)||4-2||W||-150||8.5 un||U||10||7||0||9||9||1|
|6/9/2013||ARROYO(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||4-11||L||+105||8 un||O||6||6||0||14||8||1|
|6/10/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||6-2||W||-120||7.5 ev||O||9||3||1||6||7||0|
|6/11/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)||12-2||W||-130||8.5 ov||O||16||7||1||5||3||4|
|6/12/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||2-1||W||-115||8.5 ov||U||6||6||0||3||3||0|
|6/13/2013||LATOS(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|6/20/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|5/30/2013||WOOD(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||8-3||W||+115||11 ev||P||11||6||1||8||8||1|
|6/4/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||3-4||L||170||7.5 un||U||8||8||0||8||4||1|
|6/5/2013||GARZA(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||8-6||W||145||7.5 ev||O||15||11||1||10||8||0|
|6/14/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)|| |
|6/15/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|6/16/2013||GARZA(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|6/17/2013||WOOD(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|6/20/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|CINCINNATI: HITTING: 2B BRANDON PHILLIPS sparked the Reds offense after moving to the top of the order. But his free-swinging makes him a bad fit there. SS ZACK COZART played in only 11 games for the Reds before wrecking his non-throwing elbow, but it was still enough to convince the team they'd seen enough of PAUL JANISH in the starting role. 1B JOEY VOTTO keeps punishing pitchers. OF JAY BRUCE is in his gawky, teenage phase, but he's already emerged as a major power source. OF DREW STUBBS must cut down on his MLB-leading 206 strikeouts. He's out of the leadoff spot now, but those whiffs don't play well anywhere in the lineup. OF CHRIS HEISEY should get the starting nod in left now that Yonder Alonso is out of the picture. 3B SCOTT ROLEN is a permanent health question mark. His backup, JUAN FRANCISCO, swings for the fences. C DEVIN MESORACO is the most hyped catching prospect since Matt Wieters. RYAN HANIGAN will split squatting responsibilities with him. |
STARTING PITCHING: Considered a source of strength entering the 2011 campaign, the Reds rotation directly caused their undoing. The first step toward a remedy was trading for MAT LATOS, who began 2011 slow and got stronger as the year went on. The 24-year-old threw at least six innings with 5+ K in 16 of his final 17 starts (2.94 ERA). But that was in a much more pitcher-friendly environment. He has a decent career road ERA (3.57), and Cincy will surely give him much better run support than he received in San Diego. Last year's pitching problems began with BRONSON ARROYO, who gave up more home runs in a season than any pitcher in this millennium. He allowed more HR (46) than walks (45). JOHNNY CUETO was the one big bright spot; he hasn't maintained the strikeout rates he flashed early in his career, but he's All-Star caliber. HOMER BAILEY was a disappointment, going 9-7 with a 4.43 ERA. MIKE LEAKE actually pitched pretty well after he got his first taste of the minors to get his mechanics worked out.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Francisco Cordero flying the coop, and newcomer RYAN MADSON lost for the season with Tommy John Surgery, Cincinnati will use a closer-by-committee approach. The Reds gave up three players, including starter Travis Wood, to acquire SEAN MARSHALL, who should fit in nicely as a set-up man who's tough on both right-and left-handed batters. AROLDIS CHAPMAN is listed as the main set-up man for Marshall, but he missed out on winter ball and could be too raw to trust in the ninth inning. LOGAN ONDRUSEK is also capable of being a decent closer, with a big fastball.
|CHICAGO CUBS: HITTING: 'Under New Management' is the motto in Wrigleyville, where Epstein, Hoyer, Sveum and Co. aim to turn SS STARLIN CASTRO and a bunch of straw into gold. OF DAVID DeJESUS was an underrated first pick-up. But OFs ALFONSO SORIANO and MARLON BYRD are overpaid and over the hill. C GEOVANY SOTO has lost his mojo. New 3B IAN STEWART has a lousy career OPS of .737 away from Coors Field. 1B BRYAN LaHAIR is tagged as part of a 'youth movement,' but he's almost 30. The other youths'2B DARWIN BARNEY, IF JEFF BAKER, and IF BLAKE DEWITT 'are interchangeable guys with low ceilings. Fourth OF TONY CAMPANA is fast but one-dimensional. And minor-league reinforcements are scarce. OF BRETT JACKSON is solid, but blocked in the lineup. And former uber-prospect 3B JOSH VITTERS has done nothing to justify his third-overall draft status. This rebuilding process will take time. Meanwhile, somewhere in the Chicago suburbs, Jim Hendry quietly sobs into a pile of Cubs-themed stuffed animals. |
STARTING PITCHING: RYAN DEMPSTER should bounce back from an unlucky year in which there was nearly a full-run difference between his ERA and his FIP. He's no ace in good times, but he's an underrated and dependable source of innings and strikeouts. MATT GARZA didn't disappoint in his debut season on the North Side, but he was an odd acquisition to begin with: the Cubs dealt top prospects from a thin system when all signs pointed to a belly-flop of a season. He's already trade bait again. JEFF SAMARDZIJA is moving to the rotation after a strong year in the bullpen (2.97 ERA, 87 K in 88 IP), but he needs to cut down on his walks (5.1 per 9 IP). What killed TRAVIS WOOD in 2011 was uncharacteristic wildness. His walk total spiked by over 50 percent from 2010. He's better than this, though it's hard to say how much. It could be that a 40-inning jump from 2010 to 2011 aided his freefall. Subpar newcomers PAUL MAHOLM and CHRIS VOLSTAD will also compete for rotation spots. The lefty Maholm is coming off his best season in Pittsburgh (3.66 ERA, 1.29 WHIP), but was awful after the All-Star break (0-5, 5.75 ERA, .355 Opp. BA). The 6-foot-8 Volstad was 5-13 with a 4.89 ERA for the Marlins last year, but still has time to figure things out at age 25.
RELIEF PITCHING: Because of his contract and the head-scratching faith in the 'closer mentality' that still pervades even the most enlightened front offices, CARLOS MARMOL will enter the 2012 campaign with a near-ironclad grip on ninth-inning duties for the Cubs. Trading away Sean Marshall, arguably Chicago's best reliever last season, is yet another vote of confidence for Marmol. His lack of command leads to more hittable pitches (along with tons of walks), though his ceiling for strikeouts and saves is sky-high. KERRY WOOD will be the main set-up man again after a triumphant return to Chicago last season (3.35 ERA, 57 K in 51 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CINCINNATI-CHICAGO CUBS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Reds-Cubs Preview* ===================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Cincinnati (39-26) at Chicago (25-37), 2:20 p.m. EDT
The Cincinnati Reds have gotten back on track in their series against the Chicago Cubs, largely due to their performance on the mound.
The Reds appear to have a good chance to continue that outstanding pitching and their lengthy winning streak at Wrigley Field with Mat Latos taking the ball in Thursday's finale.
Mike Leake provided the latest strong outing Wednesday when he allowed one run and three hits in eight innings to lead Cincinnati to a 2-1 victory over the Cubs (25-38), who have lost eight of 10.
The Reds (40-26) are 19-3 in the last 22 meetings with Chicago, including a franchise-best 12 straight road wins - the longest streak by an opponent at Wrigley.
"We're just having fun. That's the only thing I can say," said third baseman Todd Frazier, who homered for the second straight game and gave the Reds the lead in the seventh inning. "We're relaxed when we play here. We like playing here."
Though they had a 7.63 ERA in a stretch of four losses in five games, the Reds have bounced back with a 1.33 ERA in this series.
They should be feeling confident with Latos (6-0, 2.87 ERA) on the mound as they try for the four-game sweep. The right-hander has a chance to become the first Red to be unbeaten with an ERA below 3.00 after 14 starts.
He also hasn't lost in a team-record 20 starts, going 10-0 with a 2.65 ERA while leading Cincinnati to a 17-3 record.
Latos has earned two of those victories against the Cubs, yielding three runs over 12-plus innings versus them this season. He's 4-2 with a 2.91 ERA in seven career starts against Chicago, winning both outings at Wrigley.
Nate Schierholtz (4 for 24), Alfonso Soriano (3 for 14) and Darwin Barney (0 for 9 with four strikeouts) haven't been able to figure out Latos, while David DeJesus is 4 for 10 with two doubles.
Chicago has struggled at Wrigley with a .158 batting average while losing seven of eight there. They weren't able to get anything going again Wednesday, aside from Schierholtz's homer in the second.
Starlin Castro (1 for 26), Barney (4 for 28), Anthony Rizzo (2 for 23) and DeJesus (2 for 18) have gotten off to slow starts this month at home.
"It's frustrating because it's the same game," manager Dale Sveum said. "Starting pitchers pitching into the seventh inning, quality starts. And we're not having quality at-bats on an everyday basis."
Scheduled starter Jeff Samardzija (3-7, 3.18) has received three runs of support in his last two starts, though he hasn't been sharp.
He went 0-1 with a 5.11 ERA despite 18 strikeouts in those 12 1-3 innings after going 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA over his previous three outings.
Samardzija is 1-2 with a 2.55 ERA in four career starts versus the Reds, allowing two earned runs over 12 innings while going 0-1 in two outings against them this season.
Frazier and Shin-Soo Choo have taken the right-hander deep in 2013.
Samardzija, though, has done a nice job over his career against sluggers Brandon Phillips (2 for 19), Joey Votto (3 for 17) and Jay Bruce (3 for 14).
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 4:46:41 PM EST|